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Posted 10/05/2017 06:37PM

The Catholic Standard article "Academy of the Holy Cross returns to its roots for 150th anniversary Mass" describes the beautiful celebration that took place at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle on Sunday, September 24. The article, written by editor Mark Zimmermann, details the special emphasis the event gave to the Sisters of the Holy Cross and the special guests who returned to mark the occasion. Quotes are included from former school heads Sister Grace Shonk, CSC, Sister Katherine Kase, CSC, and Claire Helm, as well as other guests including alumnae, current students, and parents.

Read the entire article here.

Posted 10/04/2017 01:18PM

Girls in the IB Environmental Systems and Societies class attended the annual Chesapeake Bay Foundation field trip September 25-27. The 19 juniors and seniors traveled to the CBF’s Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center located in Maryland’s Blackwater Wildlife Refuge. While there they learned about the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and efforts to protect this important resource. The students conducted field experiments and collected data that they will analyze as part of their required IB assessments.


Posted 09/27/2017 01:11PM

On Sunday, September 17, Emily May ’18, Elise Mitchell ’18 and Lizanne Passaro ’17 participated in Swim Across America – Baltimore Open Water Swim. Each girl swam a mile at the High Tide Farm in the Redhouse Cove of the Magothy River in Pasadena, MD. Proceeds from the swim supported immunotherapy clinical trials and research at the Swim Across America Lab at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Medicine. The LOTAs raised close to $1,800 this year. In the past four years, the swimmers from Holy Cross have raised nearly $10,000 total.

Posted 09/27/2017 01:11PM
Over 400 people attended the 150thAnniversary Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle on Sunday, September 24. Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl was principal celebrant of the liturgy along with five other priests connected to the Academy. President Katy Prebble acknowledged the 10 Sisters of the Holy Cross who attended the celebration and thanked the sisters for the legacy they gave to all who are a part of The Academy of the Holy Cross. During his homily, Cardinal Wuerl acknowledged the tremendous work and devotion of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, in the Archdiocese of Washington, in the United States and throughout the world.

The Mass was organized by Holy Cross Director of Campus Ministry Linda Ruszkowski. Members of the Holy Cross community were involved in every aspect of the service: altar servers, readers, and gift bearers. A combined choir of students, faculty/staff and alumnae, directed by Performing Arts Chair Laura Meehan, led the assembly in songs which included “Cross of Our Hope,” written in celebration of the beatification of Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Holy Cross priests, brothers and sisters, and the alma mater of the Academy’s Kensington campus. The Holy Cross Madrigal singer ensemble sang “I Will Sing to the Lord,” written by Sister Marie Cecile (Fitzgerald), CSC in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Holy Cross sisters, and “How True It Is,” written by former faculty member Michael Turnblom, based on the words of Blessed Basil Moreau.

Cardinal Wuerl greeted attendees after the Mass concluded. A reception followed.

Posted 09/20/2017 08:40AM

Sister Grace Shonk, CSC, who served at the Academy for 49 years and is now enjoying her retirement at Saint Mary’s convent in South Bend, IN, returned to the Academy to help celebrate the 150th Anniversary. Sister Grace joined the school community for Mass on Thursday, September 14, the Church’s feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. She also visited throughout the day with alumnae, parents and friends during an open house for her and the new Heritage Hall. Sister Grace returned on Friday, September 15 for the celebration of Holy Cross Day. She addressed the students at the morning assembly, thanking the Academy for the donation to support the sisters’ ministries around the world. She also gave the start for the Sister Grace Race at the end of the Holy Cross Day field games.

Sister Grace will also be among the special guests at the 150th Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle on Sunday, September 24.

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